Picture: Fake Deltabeams on their way to a building site – likely to be re-painted at the building site there with expensive fire-coating.
In the recent case a large contractor bought steel beams from a smaller steel fabricator who realized that the fire-painting would cost a lot. In the standard, general HQ-beam structure the beams require fire-protective painting in order the building structure not to collapse during the first 2-3 hours of fire. In order to save costs this steel fabricator decided to make the beams Deltabeam look-a-likes, as Deltabeams have a proven behavior under the situation of fire WITHOUT fire-protective coating.
OOPPSSS, what went wrong?
First of all, the steel fabricator naturally broke Peikko´s patents and got a nasty “warning letter” from Peikko´s lawyers. Why would Peikko put a lot of efforts on fire tests, and then give everybody the right make copies? A law suit will follow.
Secondly, the beam design was such that the steel fabricator needs to anyway fire-paint the beams – the project will be for sure a loss-making one for the company.
What is the learning from this incident?To do things right first time might cost less.